The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 375
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Laws and Decrees of Coahuila and Texas.
OF THE ADMIINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN CIVIL CASES.
Paragraph/ lst.-Of thle i-'ial Verbal, anzd of /he Conciliatiozn.
ART. 91. The primary judges, and commissaries, shall determine by
themselves alone, and verbally, all demands, the import of which shall
not exceed ten dollars, and a record of such decisions shall be kept in a
book for that purpose, and be signed by the judge or commissary and the
parties, or by two witnesses in case the parties may not know how to
ART. 92. The decisions in these cases shall be executed in conformity
which the 179th article of the constitution.
AliT. 93. In all civil demands, and in those for personal injuries, the.
Alcaldes shall exercise the office of conciliators, in conformity with the
laws to that effect.
Paragraph 2i2d.-Of It/i Trial by rit7inzg.
ART. 94. In order to commence an action by writing, the complainant
shall present himself before the primary judge of the respective jurisdiction,
and shall signify his demand by a petition plainly and clearly expressed,
accompanied by a certificate of having attempted in vain a reconciliation
with the opposite party; and without this requisite his demand
shall not be admitted.
ART. 95. The judge shall immediately cite the defendant, by a written
notice, appointing the day of trial, and expressing in the citation the
name of the plaintiff, and the subject matter of the demnand.
ART. 96. The sheriff shall notify the defendant, of the citation, and
shall deliver him a certified copy thereof, and if he cannot be found, the
said copy shall be left at his house, or at the house where he may reside,
or if he cannot be notified in this manner, it shall be posted up in the
inest public place of the jurisdiction.
AET. 97. If the defendant reside in another jurisdiction, he shall be
cited by an official notice directed to the judge of said jurisdiction.
ART. 98. When the defendant cannot be found, or his residence be out
of the state, and
under such circumstances that he cannot soon return,
'or being cited in the manner mentioned in the preceding article he do
not reply in the time specified in the citation, or if in any stage of the
trial whatever. one of the parties shall not appear, when under obligation
to do so, the judge, on information and petition of the party interested.
shall appoint an attorney ad litemr, for the party absent, and the
trial shall proceed in the same manner as if the party himself were present.
A. T. 99. The absent party, however, may at any time appear and continue
the trial in person, and in that case the powers of his attorney shall
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/383/: accessed March 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .